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Toting Toiletries for Travel

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It feels like everyone I know is traveling somewhere for a vacation. I know it’s not really everyone. It just feels like it, because I’m not headed somewhere and I don’t have anything planned at the moment. But I could definitely go for a change of scenery so a getaway, even if it’s just an inexpensive overnighter, is in order.

Recently, I went on a quest to find the perfect toiletry tote for my travels. I found that it was harder than I expected. But after a good amount of searching, I made some very cool discoveries. As you can imagine, I have a lot of toiletries that I tote along on trips. I would be embarrassed to count how many things I travel with.

Time to Get Organized

I found that I might have three bottles of shampoo and a shortage of toothpaste.

On my last vacation over the holidays, I decided that I needed to get better organized with my toiletries. I was using a big bag that I’d gotten with a holiday set from Clarins years ago. I noticed that I was taking along more than I needed and not enough of some things, because I couldn’t really see what I had. If I got a cute, new travel goodie, I’d just shove that in. I found that I might have three bottles of shampoo and a shortage of toothpaste. It was time to travel smarter.

I came across a million toiletry bags (OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little). After searching around for a couple hours (yes, hours), I realized I needed to get focused. I figured out that a hanging bag with clear pockets made the most sense. It would get me organized by allowing me to see and easily access my beauty goods. Then I found that most of these kinds of bags were ugly, in my opinion. Most looked like something a man in a suit would use. I wanted something more feminine. But most of the cute bags weren’t very practical.

A Fruitful Search

I was determined though, so after a whole lotta web surfing, I came across some excellent finds and requested samples to see if they would really meet my needs. I found a practical hanging tote with personality, a chic, smartly designed overnighter that negated the need for a bag specifically for toiletries, a beauty bag that can keep my eco-friendly products fresh and cosmetics unmelted, and an unexpected bonus: a fabulous innovation that makes it very easy to access just about everything I need when traveling by plane or car. Here’s the lowdown on what I found, followed by a video so you can get a better look at the features of each bag

The Practical Toiletry Bag with Personality

The Dakine Diva is such a great bag – a hanging toiletry bag that’s a good size for holding lots of toiletries without being so big that it takes up too much space in my suitcase. It has a sturdy hook and plenty of pockets that I can see through so I can easily keep track of everything. There’s also a large space that can hold full-size products. The canvas bag goes beyond basic black and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. I love that the bag I checked out (Duxbury Stripe) has a pink polka dot pattern on the inside – very cute touch. The Diva is available from a variety of online shops like backcountry.com and reefgear.com ($29.95).

The Chic Overnighter Fit for a Lady

I was delighted when I came across the Brookstone Rolling Organizer. A lot of their travel bags seem geared for a business man. But this bag stood out. Its quilted design gives it a feminine touch. It comes in the usual black but also in khaki and a very pretty red, which I really like. It’s also way better than most overnighters. I wish more luggage was designed like this. There’s no need for a toiletry bag with this, because it’s really well-designed with lots of good-sized, strategically placed pockets that accommodate plenty of beauty products and leave enough room for the clothes and such. It’s perfect for an overnight or weekend trip or as an airplane carry-on. Available at Brookstone stores and on their website, and at amazon.com ($99.95).

The Beauty Bag That Keeps It Fresh

I love my eco-friendly beauty products. But without heavy-duty preservatives, they just don’t last as long. And lipsticks and balms are simply prone to melt in hot weather. The IcyBag keeps everything fresh with its insulated lining and compact, gel ice pack. This is really good to have when beauty goods have to sit in a car or get checked in on a plane, which is highly likely since we can take so few toiletries and cosmetics on board now. Trunks and airplane cargo areas can get amazingly hot in warm weather – melting lipsticks and promoting the growth of bacteria. IcyBag is made of water-resistant, rip-stop nylon, includes an airplane-certified, three-ounce freezer gel pack, and is available in pink/tan, turquoise/black, and black. They’re available directly from IcyBag and at sites like amazon.com ($15-20).

The Innovator

The Zen Class Nirvana Organizer is such a brilliant innovation. It’s a seatback organizer and travel bag. They really thought this out well and came up with an ideal solution for accessing personal items easily in that tiny space the airlines give us when we travel on a plane – a space that seems to be getting smaller every time I travel. It fits lots of things like my laptop, iPod, phone, a bottle of water, a magazine or book, and some beauty goods to prevent my skin from drying out in the super dry, airplane air.

The bag hangs over the seat tray. It’s compact enough for aisle-mates to get by and sturdy enough to hold up to people brushing against it. You can also hang it over a car seat or baby stroller to stay organized when you’re on the ground. Such a smart, wonderfully executed idea. Available in black and brown directly from Zen Class and on sites like amazon.com ($39.99).

Check ‘em Out

I packed up these bags with the stuff I typically travel with and shot a little video so you can see just what they’re like.

Do Tell

What kinds of things do you haul along for trips? What do you use to tote your toiletries? Have any tips? Are you concerned about how to travel with more natural beauty products and meltable makeup? Have you gone on vacation or do you have a trip in the works?

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14 comments for “Toting Toiletries for Travel”

  1. damn, i wish i saw this before i went off to berlin… i mean, my makeup/toiletry bag… is a huge mess… a really huge mess…
    BUT i was able to pack it all in a carryon which isn’t bad for 10 days.

    ps. love the fact you have a david sedaris book in your carry on!

    Posted by jennine | April 13, 2009, 2:07 am
  2. I am obsessed with condensing my work makeup kit so I can carry the most product whilst keeping the weight and size of my case down.

    I am a huge fan of http://www.muji.com. I carry all my lotions, creams, gels and waxes(this goes for hair products too)in these pots, pumps and bottles.



    These vanity cases are also perfect for holidays as it has a place to keep your essential brushes and pockets for puffs and sponges.

    …but I must confess I just throw my personal makeup and travel bottles in a cute Cath Kidson wash bag and keep it in my hand luggage ;)

    Posted by WhatTheProsDo | April 13, 2009, 3:21 am
  3. oops sorry for the essay Sonja! Great post hun, the freezer gel packs are an amazing idea ;)

    Posted by WhatTheProsDo | April 13, 2009, 3:24 am
  4. http://www.beautique.com/brand/Mister_Mascara.aspx

    These Mister Mascara travel kits (scroll down) are fab for hand-luggage as they match the European liquid restrictions. R x

    Posted by Random Fashion Coolness | April 13, 2009, 4:17 am
  5. I feel rather underprepared with my striped Paul Smith washbag! I absolutely love that Dakine Diva bag though. I would love a bigger bag, but I think I would be far to tempted to pack up waaay more than I need.

    Posted by dapper kid | April 13, 2009, 8:02 am
  6. ❤ Jennine, toiletry/cosmetics bags can get so yucky. One of my body washes leaked on my last trip. It was such a mess! Isn’t that funny about the David Sedaris book? I shot that before I saw your post. Great minds enjoy the same funny author!
    ❤ WhatTheProsDo, thanks! I love to hear about what you’re using. I’m obsessed with refillable travel bottles. Have tons of them! Those Muji ones are very nice. I wonder if we have them in the States. I also find that my local health food store has a good selection of bottles and mini pots. For my makeup, I manage to fit most into a Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner. It really keeps things very organized and fit a lot of stuff without weighing me down: http://www.trishmcevoy.com/planner.html
    ❤ Random Fashion Coolness, the Mister Mascara cabin bag would be perfect for popping into the Nirvana Organizer on a plane.
    ❤ dapper kid, I was so excited to find the Dakine Diva. I think it’s the perfect size. I can fit in lots of things but not get carried away and end up taking the kitchen sink with me.

    Posted by Sonja | April 13, 2009, 1:35 pm
  7. Ooh thanks for the tips. I’ve got my traveling toiletries in mini-everything - except the toothbrush holder and then I dump them all in 2 small bags. 1 for makeup and 1 for the other stuff. I also only travel with a carryon, so space must be saved!

    Posted by Girlxoxo | April 13, 2009, 6:29 pm
  8. Sonja, That makeup planner is great I have never seen anything like it - amazing!

    You can get Muji in NYC and I am pretty sure you can order online too via muji.com. I see travel bottle everywhere but they never seem as durable as the muji ones I have. I have also only seen pumps at muji which I prefer for moisturiser and lotions ;)

    ps. i promise im not a rep for muji just a big fan hehe….

    Posted by WhatTheProsDo | April 14, 2009, 9:18 am
  9. I would love if there could be a post about how you can use makeup products for multiple purposes. (if there already is one, o hihi) I travel quite a lot and my luggage is not a suitcase but a backpack so i always want to make sure i carry as less as possible & wear/use everything. I love the Lush products (no packaging!)

    Posted by Amika | April 14, 2009, 12:02 pm
  10. ❤ Girlxoxo, you’re very welcome. I’m the same way. Gotta save space, especially as the airlines keep limiting how much we can bring.
    ❤ WhatTheProsDo, her planners really are amazing. I don’t know anyone else who manages to get so much stuff packed into such small spaces. I really like those Muji pumps. Gonna have to get some of those for sure. Thanks so much for letting me know about the line!
    ❤ Amika, I did a multi-tasking product article awhile back (http://the-coveted.com/blog/2008/11/24/marvelous-multitaskers/) and I’m working on a few more to help people save space and money, so do keep an eye out for them.

    Posted by Sonja | April 17, 2009, 10:36 am
  11. I try to minimize the amount of liquids & gels I travel with, so they fit in that pesky ziploc bag they make you use.

    Some of my faves:

    Mineral Powder Foundation - better and more natural cover than liquid.

    Nars The Multiple - blush and bronzer in one compact.

    Fresh Umbrian Clay Bar instead of regular face wash, plus it’s great for oily skin if you’re header to warmer weather.

    Nars Eyeshadow Duo in - perfect colos for day or night, by themselves or both together.

    Posted by Market Publique | April 19, 2009, 8:37 pm
  12. ❤ Market Publique, very good point. I should cut back on my liquids & gels. Thanks for all the great recommendations!

    Posted by Sonja | April 22, 2009, 5:57 pm
  13. the last time i took a vacation it was my 1st experience with the whole ziplock bag thing. (that shows how i NEVER get to go anywhere) since i cant be bothered with makeup, i dont really care about the whole toiletry bag thing.

    Posted by Prêt-à-Porter P | April 22, 2009, 8:33 pm
  14. ❤ Prêt-à-Porter P, the whole ziplock bag thing is so annoying. The funny part though is that the main toiletry bag that I use is only for toiletries. I have an entirely different bag for makeup – that’s a whole other story.

    Posted by Sonja | April 23, 2009, 11:58 am

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